How do you find the octave of a poem?

Asked by Erick Chung

The octave can usually be dived directly in half, into two sets of four lines, known as quatrains. These two quatrains make up the first half of the most popular sonnet forms, the Italian, or Petrarchan, and the English or Shakespearean. In the octave of a sonnet, the writer sets out the first part of their poem.

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